Master of Theology

This program is offered for those desiring advanced training beyond the Master of Divinity level. The Th.M. is designed for those who want specialized biblical training for pastoral ministry and for those, such as teachers, whose calling requires advanced academic work, including those planning to do Ph.D. work.

The student entering this program must demonstrate superior ability and maturity and must have earned a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from a recognized seminary. A 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) must have been achieved in Master of Divinity work. (A rare exception may be granted by the faculty in case of extremely mitigating circumstances.) Graduates of DBTS who apply for the Th.M. program should fill out a special application form. Those new to the Seminary must go through the normal application procedure.

Transfer of Credits
Up to six semester hours of credit may be transferred from an acceptable postgraduate program elsewhere.

Postgraduate Seminars
Each student enrolled in the Master of Theology Program is required to take at least two postgraduate seminars (maximum of four) during the resident training. Within the field of study being considered for a given semester, the student is assigned a specific topic to conduct independent research on and to report the results of his research to the class. Seminars are offered once each semester on a rotating basis at the option of the Dean.

741      Seminar in Old Testament Theology
742      Seminar in New Testament Theology
743      Seminar on the Intertestamental Period
744      Seminar on Old Testament Problem Texts
745      Seminar on Problems in Dispensationalism
746      Seminar on Contemporary Theology
747      Seminar on Theological Issues in Bibliology
748      Seminar in Hermeneutics
749      Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Ethics
751      Seminar in Historical Theology
752      Seminar in Eschatology
753      Seminar in New Testament Problem Texts
754      Seminar in Systematic Theology
755      Seminar in Soteriology
756      Seminar in Pneumatology
757      Seminar in Contemporary Doctrinal Issues
758      Seminar in Apologetics

Course Work
The Th.M. consists of 26 semester hours of postgraduate work. A major may be completed in the field of Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology. The Th.M. curriculum consists of six three-hour content courses, including two postgraduate seminars. Each student must also complete a four-hour reading and research course, and a four-hour capstone project. Students who have not taken their systematic theology at DBTS must take at least two of the three systematic courses.

Capstone Project
The Th.M. project must demonstrate the student’s competence in critical thinking, original research, and proper literary style. It must also show that he has an acceptable understanding of his subject and must be in basic agreement with the doctrinal position of the Seminary. The project must be completed within two years from the finishing of all course work. Students can choose from three options…

  • A research thesis of approximately 70 to 100 pages in length
  • A ministry research project of approximately 70 to 100 pages in length, focused on the student’s specific ministry context or interest
  • An article published in an approved academic journal

The Dean will appoint two faculty members as a Th.M. committee for each student: a chairman and an advisor/second reader. The Dean serves as an ex officio member of all such committees. A student must file a prospectus with his chairman by November 1 of the school year in which he expects to graduate. The first two chapters are due by January 5, a first draft by March 15, and a final draft by May 1. A total of four credit hours is given for the acceptable completion of the capstone project.

Grade Point Average
A student must achieve a minimum 3.00 grade point average on all course work and thesis in order to graduate.